The US Department of Justice and state attorneys general will meet this month to discuss concerns that social media platforms are "intentionally stifling the free exchange of ideas", the department said on Wednesday.
The unorthodox presidential attack brought criticism from former Justice Department officials and some Republican senators, including Ben Sasse. Trump criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions for prosecuting the two GOP lawmakers just before midterm elections, saying, "Two easy wins now in doubt because there is not enough time". Both were indicted on separate charges last month: Rep. Duncan Hunter of California on charges that included spending campaign funds for personal expenses and Rep. Chris Collins of NY on insider-trading charges.
Ryan, speaking at the weekly Republican leadership news conference in Washington, faced questions about President Donald Trump's recent attacks against Attorney General Jeff Sessions over the indictments.
Democratic Sen. Pat Leahy of Vermont compared Trump's comment to North Korea, and noted his previous experience as a prosecutor.
The congressional committees investigating the Trump campaign's alleged ties to Russian Federation were never able to interview Papadopoulos because he was one of the earliest former campaign officials caught up in Mueller's probe. Trump's comments make it clear that he sees his office as "above the law, which directly undermines the ancient principle of rule of law, that the law applies without fear or favor, and no one is above it". When asked about the apparent contradiction between Sessions's testimony and Papadopoulos's statement, Republican lawmakers approached by The Post said they could not remember what the attorney general told Congress previous year, or they questioned Papadopoulos's integrity.
"The United States is not some banana republic with a two-tiered system of justice - one for the majority party and one for the minority party". "To say the Justice Department ought to punish his enemies and protect his friends goes beyond what any president in my memory has ever said, and that we can't normalize that".
"I think it's very important that we respect that fact that justice should be blind", he said, saying the concept of blind justice is the "emblem" of the Justice Department. But their relationship has been fraught with conflict, particularly after the attorney general recused himself in March 2017 from any Justice Department investigations into Russian meddling in the US 2016 election.
The president has repeatedly denied there was any collusion between his campaign and Moscow. He's already fired the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, deputy Federal Bureau of Investigation director and acting Attorney General.
Blumenthal said that Trump seemed to be "deliberately trying to obstruct justice". John Kennedy, a Louisiana Republican, said Tuesday on CNN's "New Day". I know they've got a strained, toxic relationship.
The DOJ's move is the first sign of the administration taking concrete action to address alleged bias following President Trump's public accusations against tech companies last week.